Knights, Dragons and Beer Oh My!

Michaela Bishop
Special to Northeast News

Huzzah! It is that time again to gather your best costumes for the 42nd Kansas City Renaissance Festival. The KC Renaissance Festival is held on weekends, September through October 14th, from the hours of 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $22.95 for an adult and $12.95 for a child over the age of four. Parking is free to everyone. If you shop at your local HyVee you can receive $3 off a ticket.
The KC Renaissance Festival has partnered with multiple organizations to offer discounts on their tickets and give back to their community. One partnership RenFest has is through Harvesters. If you bring in five perishable food items that are not expired then you can buy one adult ticket and get one free. There is also a deal for students on the Honor Roll bring your Honor Roll certificate in from this year you will get in free. For more information on their promotions visit http://www.kcrenfest.com/promotions-2/.

The KC Renaissance Festival has a lot of cool activities returning that were a huge hit last year. Some of these include: Wizard Flight School zip-line; the Plague Escape, which is an escape room; Steam Pub Ball; Bloody Mary bar; Dirty Liquor Pickle Bar; Maypole dancing; Highland Hill camp and so many more family-friendly and adult activities. Roger Clements, the Sales & Marketing Manager expressed there were a lot of new things coming to 2018.

“Our new additions include a Burger Bar, a giant puppet troupe (10-12 ft. tall), a Battle Axe Pub, and our blacksmith created a new dragon that blows smoke, roars and his eyes light up,” Clements said.

During the Media Night at the Renaissance Festival, reporters and their families were able to try out the Battle Axe Pub. They also had the opportunity to see some of the new acts and view a wonderful fire dance display at the end, followed by the last Huzzah!

Attendees also learned a handful of new games and were able to try out their pizza, turkey and stuffing sandwich, ice cream and new cocktails.

Clements also mentioned that they have made a lot of improvements to the festival grounds. During media night, only half of the festival grounds were open. Last year the festival had 178,000 people in attendance. The goal for the festival is to exceed that number this year.

“We would like to increase attendance, and make sure all of our patrons have a safe and wonderful time,” Clements said.

The festival is open whether rain or shine. The festival also has several different themed weekends. If you have any questions about the festival, feel free to call 913-721-2110 or visit http://www.kcrenfest.com/.

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